The woman admitted one count of child cruelty, eight counts of fraud and one of forgery at an earlier hearing, but this can only be reported today after the prosecution accepted pleas of not guilty to a number of other charges.
The woman was charged with two offences of child cruelty between January 2008 and May 2010, 12 charges of fraud, between October 2007 and February 2011, and five of forgery, including faking GP letters.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told the woman she faces ''almost certain imprisonment'' before releasing her on bail to appear at the same court on November 2 for sentencing.
The judge added his regret that the case could not be dealt with today having been delayed several times.
''This case has been going on forever. This lady is in very serious trouble and is entitled to know where she stands,'' he said.
''I will adjourn the case for four weeks, this will be the last adjournment.''
The prosecution was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, working alongside Stroud District Council, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Gloucestershire Child Protection Unit.
The woman's partner, who also cannot been identified, appeared in court alongside her today charged with one count of perverting the course of justice and one of forgery.
But the prosecution offered no evidence in respect of the charges and he was discharged.